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Nic Bishop: Butterflies and Moths Hardcover – March 1, 2009

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About the Author

Nic Bishop is the author and photographer of many award-winning books for children, including RED-EYED TREE FROG; CHAMELEON, CHAMELEON; NIC BISHOP SPIDERS; and most recently, NIC BISHOP LIZARDS. He has a doctorate in biological sciences and a passionate interest in many of the smaller animals on our planet. Originally from New Zealand, Nic lives in Michigan. Visit him online at www.nicbishop.com.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: NC890L (What's this?)
  • Series: Nic Bishop
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Nonfiction (March 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439877571
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439877572
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.2 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #649,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Deb HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Sometimes people are confused as to the difference between a moth and a butterfly. Once you learn that a butterfly's antennae are thin with little knobs on the end of them and a moth's are feathery you'll be come an instant expert when you are on a nature field trip. There are other little differences as well. For example, moths tend to "have fatter bodies covered with furry hairs,' while butterflies tend to be more colorful and "rest with their wings open, not closed." There are many things to learn about these fascinating creatures!

In this book you'll be able to take a look at many enlarged photographic examples of both moths and butterflies, among them the very interesting metamorphosis of a monarch butterfly. You'll learn about many unusual ways they defend themselves, their diets, their body composition, their life cycle (metamorphosis), their habitats, their behavior, the differences between moths and butterflies, how they fly, their lifespan and more. You'll get to see a big surprise on page 26, but you'll have to read to the book to discover it. Did you know there is a "rain forest caterpillar [that] twists its body around and puffs up its front end to look like a poisonous snake?" Now that is a sight you won't want to miss!

This was one of the most amazing books I've ever read on butterflies and moths, not so much for the text, but rather for the stunning photographs. The text was very informative and had a slight poetic lilt to it, without detracting from the educational task at hand, which I totally enjoyed. For example, "Butterflies outfox birds with their helter-skelter flight. It's hard to catch something that bobs and skips through the air." In the back of the book is a glossary and an index. AND you'll get a chance to meet Nic himself as he talks about his passion and interest in his subject. One picture is worth a thousand words, so dear reader, you have a lot of reading to do in this fantastic book!
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I am an adult and had ordered this from the library. After reading it, I went on Amazon and ordered it for myself. It was educational, easily understood for children and yet very informative for adults too. The pictures were good and the author's side stories interesting too. It's a short book packed with good information.
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I bought this book after one of my students at school brought it for show and tell. I had been thinking of writing a story involving butterfiles, and this book contains many facts not commonly found in other works. Gorgeous photographs depict the stages of life, making it easy for even the youngest readers to grasp. My own children at home are now enjoying this book as well.
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As soon as you grab a hold of one of Nic Bishop's amazing children's books, you'll be a fan for life. Nic Bishop has brought his vast knowledge of biology to life through his enlightening nonfiction books on frogs, spiders, and many more. So it was only time before he added Nic Bishop Butterflies And Moths to the mix.

What stands apart from all other nonfiction picture books are the lengths Nic Bishop goes to just to capture the images for his books. The breathtaking full-page pictures will introduce young readers to the beauty of these amazing creatures, from the shockingly bright blue morpho butterfly to the nearly transparent glasswing butterfly to the mouthless luna moth.

The simple, engaging text presents information on caterpillars, metamorphosis, camoflauge, appearance, habits and life cycle. What will truly have your young readers ooohhing and aaahhing is a double gatefold spread of a butterfly in flight.
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With my 2 young kids, I've been thru quite a few books on butterflies and moths, and the writing in this one was so tender and awestruck regarding the miracle of metamorphosis that I felt compelled to buy the book after I'd returned it to the library. I will definitely pick up Nic Bishop's other books.
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We recently moved and found there are quite a few moths and butterflies that we were unfamiliar with. This book features nice displays in their pictures with a well written description.
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